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GrabFood 用定位資料修正餐廳的資訊

Grab 的「How we harnessed the wisdom of crowds to improve restaurant location accuracy」這篇是他們的 data team 整理出來,如何使用既有的資料快速的修正餐廳資訊。裡面提到的方法不需要用到 machine learning,光是一些簡單的統計算法就可以快速修正現有的架構。

這些資訊其實是透過司機用的 driver app 蒐集來的,在 driver app 上有大量的資訊傳回伺服器 (像是定時回報的 GPS 位置,以及取餐狀態),而這些司機因為地緣關係,腦袋裡的資訊比地圖會準不少:

One of the biggest advantages we have is the huge driver-partner fleet we have on the ground in cities across Southeast Asia. They know the roads and cities like the back of their hand, and they are resourceful. As a result, they are often able to find the restaurants and complete orders even if the location was registered incorrectly.

所以透過這些資訊他們就可以反過來改善地圖資料,像是透過司機按下「取餐」的按鈕的地點與待的時間,就可以估算餐聽可能的位置,然後拿這個資訊比對地圖上的資料,就很容易發現搬家但是地圖上沒更新的情況:

Fraction of the orders where the pick-up location was not “at” the restaurant: This fraction indicates the number of orders with a pick-up location not near the registered restaurant location (with near being defined both spatially and temporally as above). A higher value indicates a higher likelihood of the restaurant not being in the registered location subject to order volume

Median distance between registered and estimated locations: This factor is used to rank restaurants by a notion of “importance”. A restaurant which is just outside the fixed radius from above can be addressed after another restaurant which is a kilometer away.

另外也有不少其他的改善 (像是必須在離餐聽某個距離內才能點「取餐」,這個「距離」會因為餐聽可能在室內商場而需要的調整),整個成果就會反應在訂單的取消率大幅下降:

整體看起來是系統產生清單後讓人工後續處理 (像是打電話去店家問?),但這個方式所提供的清單準確度應該很高 (因為司機不會沒事跟自己時間過不去,跑到奇怪地方按下取餐),用這些資料跑簡單的演算法就能夠快速修正不少問題...

CodeDeploy 的 codedeploy-agent 總算支援 Ubuntu 18.04 的環境了...

先前在『在 AWSUG Taiwan 上講的「用 AWS CodeDeploy 解決程式佈署」』這邊有分享過 CodeDeployUbuntu 18.04codedeploy-agent 會認為系統內建的 rubycodedeploy-agent 不支援的版本:「Support for ruby 2.5 (Ubuntu 18.04) · Issue #158 · aws/aws-codedeploy-agent」。

剛剛總算看到修正後的版本被推出去了:

這樣就不需要自己修正惡搞了...

CloudFront 在東京開到第八個點了...

看到 Amazon CloudFront 宣佈在東京開到第八個點了:「Amazon CloudFront launches eighth Edge location in Tokyo, Japan」。

Amazon CloudFront announces the addition of an eighth Edge location in Tokyo, Japan. The addition of another Edge location continues to expand CloudFront's capacity in the region, allowing us to serve increased volumes of web traffic.

這個成長速度有點驚人,一月才加了兩個,現在又要再加一個... 不過大阪還是維持一個。

Microsoft 啟用自己的 CDN 了...

在朋友的 tweet 裡看到微軟啟用自己的 Azure CDN 了,先前應該是提供 AkamaiEdgeCast 的服務:「Announcing Microsoft's own Content Delivery Network」。

看圖似乎是有台灣的點,不過我找不到可以測試 traceroute 的 endpoint,頁面上用的圖還是 EdgeCast 的啊 XDDD

;; ANSWER SECTION:
azurecomcdn.azureedge.net. 1604 IN      CNAME   azurecomcdn.ec.azureedge.net.
azurecomcdn.ec.azureedge.net. 3404 IN   CNAME   cs9.wpc.v0cdn.net.
cs9.wpc.v0cdn.net.      3404    IN      A       117.18.232.200

然後公測期間優惠價 50%:

Azure Content Delivery Network Standard from Verizon (S1) and Akamai (S2) and Microsoft (S3)*
*S3 is currently in public preview. CDN rates will be 50% of the stated price during this period.

AWS CodeDeploy 支援 BlueGreenDeployment

AWS CodeDeploy 推出了 BlueGreenDeployment 的功能:「AWS CodeDeploy Introduces Blue/Green Deployments」。

BlueGreenDeployment 的目的不計成本想辦法把上線的 downtime 壓到最低,而且當出問題時 rollback 的時間壓到最低的方法:

One of the challenges with automating deployment is the cut-over itself, taking software from the final stage of testing to live production. You usually need to do this quickly in order to minimize downtime.

Blue-green deployment also gives you a rapid way to rollback - if anything goes wrong you switch the router back to your blue environment.

其實就是直接跑兩個環境 (所以成本比較高),一套跑舊的一套跑新的,然後在前面的 load balancer 切換:

The blue-green deployment approach does this by ensuring you have two production environments, as identical as possible.

貨運公司每次都把腳踏車弄壞...

在「Our secret’s out.」這邊看到 VanMoof (腳踏車生意) 對於托運公司每次都把腳踏車給弄壞的解決方法 XDDD

因為包裝很像平板螢幕,就掛個平板螢幕的圖片上去,然後運送的損壞率就下降 70%~80%:

Earlier this year our co-founder Ties had a flash of genius. Our boxes are about the same size as a (really really reaaaally massive) flatscreen television. Flatscreen televisions always arrive in perfect condition. What if we just printed a flatscreen television on the side of our boxes?

And just like that, shipping damage to our bikes dropped by 70–80%.

然後文末偷偷爆破了是哪家負責運送 XDDD

We were hoping to keep this small tweak quiet, but thanks to Twitter, the secret’s out.

Just don’t tell FedEx.

Wal-Mart 與 Uber/Lyft 合作迎戰 Amazon

Amazon 透過各種技術整合的比較好 (像是先前發表無人機空運的技術 Amazon Prime Air),而 Wal-Mart 則是跟 Uber/Lyft 這樣的公司配合:「Wal-Mart Plans to Test Grocery Delivery Through Uber, Lyft」。

不過可以看到運費不算低,如果買的東西不多的話:

The move steps up competition with Amazon’s burgeoning grocery-delivery service and provides a potential new avenue of growth for Uber and Lyft. The idea is to let Wal-Mart customers pick out groceries online and then have employees fill the order and give it to one of the ride-hailing companies’ drivers. Shoppers will pay a $7-to-$10 delivery charge to Wal-Mart to have the groceries brought to their door.

Google 在舊金山與洛杉磯開始宅配生鮮食品...

Google Express 延伸業務到生鮮食品上:「Google Launches Fresh-Grocery Deliveries」,與生鮮業者合作。

Google said it would begin delivering produce, meat, eggs and other perishable goods on Wednesday in parts of San Francisco and Los Angeles. The service is part of Google Express, which partners with retailers in some U.S. cities to deliver goods to consumers within hours of an order.

而且是當日配送:

Alphabet Inc.'s Google is expanding its same-day delivery service to fresh groceries, the latest example of the tech titan’s increasing push into consumers’ daily lives.

我以為會掛在 Alphabet 下做,而不是在 Google 下做...

Netflix 與 Comcast 的恩怨

其實就是商業公司之間的勾心鬥角,在包裝後搬到檯面上 :p

Netflix 在美國固網裡吃的流量比 YouTube 還多,可想而知當然就變成各 ISP 找麻煩的對象...


出自 Sandvine 的「Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2013」。

Netflix 有多種方式將影片傳遞給使用者。除了早期自建機房外,後來跟不少 CDN 有業務往來 (包括了 AkamaiLimelightLevel3),另外也有 Netflix Open Connect Content Delivery Network 計畫,直接在 ISP 內部機房放設備提供服務。

使用 CDN 的作法成本太高,而 ISP 又不一定會接受 Open Connect 方案 (因為不一定收的到錢),在這種情況下,如果走 transit 線路的速度通常都不會太好。而 Netflix 與 Comcast 之間的狀況就是如此:

在付給 Comcast 錢後速度都都解決了...

除了付錢解決外,上個禮拜 Netflix 就丟出一篇說明的文章發難了:「The Case Against ISP Tolls」,這篇文章除了提到上面的事情外,另外還極力反對 Comcast 與 Time Warner Cable 的併購案 XDDD

然後最近又炒熱的網路中立問題,看起來也這件案子應該會很熱鬧 XDDD